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World of Warcraft is closing low population servers ahead of Shadowlands

Published: 6/Jul/2020 3:30

by Isaac McIntyre


Blizzard has announced plans to close all low-population World of Warcraft realms ahead of the impending Shadowlands release later this year. All servers on the chopping block will be “fused” with more popular realms, the developers have confirmed.

The WoW developers revealed on a post in the game’s official forums that they had made the decision to “connect low-population realms to other existing realms.” The aim, they said, was to keep populations “healthy” ahead of Shadowlands.

“World of Warcraft is best when you have a community of other players,” community manager Kaivax wrote in the dev post on July 4. “While numerous ways to participate in cross-realm play have been added over the years, there are still many aspects of the experience that are realm-based.”

Blizzard confirmed they would be undertaking a “comprehensive study” of all server player counts. After that, they would begin connecting the “low-pop” worlds to existing, bigger realms. The rollout is planned for the next two to three months.

World of Warcraft will have a few less servers by the time Shadowlands drops in November.
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World of Warcraft will have a few less servers by the time Shadowlands drops in November.

For players still hard on the grind ahead of the huge Shadowlands release at the end of the year, there’s no need to worry. Blizzard is planning to make these server switches during the usual maintenance periods, they said.

“As this project unfolds, we will post notices in advance of each week’s connections in appropriate regions and languages. During each maintenance period, everything will be automatically combined for the affected realms,” the devs confirmed.

“When maintenance is complete, players on affected realms will log into Battle for Azeroth and find that they’re now part of a larger connected-realm community. At the same time, we’ll merge the appropriate realm discussion forums.”

Blizzard will undertake a “comprehensive study” to decide which World of Warcraft realms to close.
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Blizzard will undertake a “comprehensive study” to decide which World of Warcraft realms to close.

These Battle for Azeroth server switches should, fingers crossed, be all finished by the end of September. That means there should be a short period of stability before Shadowlands lands in World of Warcraft.

The eighth WoW expansion is currently slated to release in November this year, though at the moment it’s still running in its development cycle. Blizzard confirmed it would drop in the “holiday season” during a Q1 conference call.

There’s still very little known about the next expansion; Blizzard’s reveal stream, which was set to air on June 9, was delayed until July 8 early last month. Here’s everything we already know about Shadowlands so far.

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WoW cosplayer’s impressive Sylvanas gets Blizzard’s seal of approval

Published: 27/Nov/2020 17:58

by Lauren Bergin


One of the most iconic characters of the World of Warcraft franchise is Sylvanas Windrunner, the main antagonist of WoW Shadowlands. A cosplay by Cinderys injects some new life into the Banshee Queen.

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands has become the biggest event in this year’s Warcraft calendar. Breaking Blizzard’s pre-sale records for the franchise’s expansion packs, it’s safe to say that fans and onlookers alike are excited about this newest chapter in the Warcraft story.

The events of Shadowlands take place after the Battle for Azaroth, and see players travel deep into the Shadowlands to thwart their undead nemesis; fan-favorite archer turned Banshee Queen Sylvanas Windrunner. The Shadowlands themselves have come to represent the game’s equivalent of the afterlife, and while intriguing, are clearly home to a plethora of new, dangerous enemies.

However, Parisian cosplayer Cinderys (Sonia Grillet) has helped to blur the veil between the real world and the WoW universe by creating a stunning cosplay rendition of the Shadowlands antagonist.

Becoming the Banshee Queen

At first glance, Cinderys could easily be Sylvanas – or at least an illustration of her. Framed against the murky background of the Shadowlands, Cinderys is adorned in corrupted high eleven armor sporting Sylvanas’ masterfully crafted longbow. Ash blond hair cascades down her shoulders, providing some welcome respite to the dark, shadowy surroundings. However, getting to this point clearly wasn’t easy.

In a series of WIP photos, Cinderys shows the step by step process that led to the creation of the iconic Dark Lady, with one image showing the incomplete bust piece that lies at the center of Sylvanas’ armor.

A second photograph shows some of the behind the scenes work that went into the iconic longbow. With the finalized product sitting next to a blueprint of how to build it, it’s proof of just how much work has gone into the creation of the famous weapon.

With 3,000 likes on the image alone, Cinderys cosplay certainly attracted attention. The cosplay queen shared a post on Twitter showing the Blizzard liked the Tweet of Cinderys as Sylvanas. Cinderys’ excitement is infectious; seeing Blizzard respond to her cosplays caused a wave of appreciative fan comments and support.

Blizzard pick up Cinderys as their official WoW cosplayer

That’s not the only thing though. Upon Shadowlands’ release Blizzard allowed Cinderys to literally become the undead archer by making her the expansion’s official Sylvanas cosplayer. Featured alongside HartiganCosplay, Cinderys literally has become Sylvanas.

It’s amazing to see the transition that Cinderys has made in such a short space of time. From being an amazing instagram cosplayer to now being a part of Blizzard’s official marketing campaign for Shadowlands, she’s an inspiration to cosplayers everywhere. Push hard enough, and maybe one day you’ll also get to be a terrifying banshee too!